“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”
– The Lion King
Week 9: Another running email...
These past few weeks have provided a great opportunity to interact with runners here in Cayman. Whether it be at one of the many local races going on this time of year, at the Wednesday Night Running Club or through a chance meeting while out and about. Late last week I received yet another email from a person I’ve recently met and encouraged to run/walk this year’s Intertrust Cayman Marathon. Their email read as follows:
So I ran outside today. First time I have ever run outside, EVER. In 29 years.
It was really hard. Really hard!! Waaaaay different than the treadmill. I was immediately out of breath. I was so disappointed in my self. I basically would run till I couldn't breathe. Then I would have to walk. Did I just waste a month on the treadmill? I am freaking out. I was literally shocked by how winded I was.
Please give me words of wisdom.
Now I’m not sure how much wisdom I was able to provide but the first portion of my response advised the emailer to take a deep breath and then to step back and take a moment to commend themselves for a) getting off the couch and exercising and b) for getting off the treadmill and hitting the road. The health benefits achieved from exercising and the confidence gained from facing a fear are both positive actions and need to be recognized as such. However, my friend couldn’t see the trees for the forest. They truly believed they had bitten off more than they could chew and were under the impression they couldn’t possibly complete a half marathon 8 weeks from now and had accomplished naught to date. This is a perfect example of the fear we all experience as we venture outside our comfort zone in pursuit of a lofty goal. I get the fear at least once a week as I prepare for November 26th. Uncertainty can be nerve racking. Just ask anyone crazy enough to invest in the current stock markets. However, we need to keep in mind that dwelling outside our comfort zone is where we grow as a person and as a runner/walker/athlete. We also need to remember you don’t have to run 13 miles this week or the next. We still have time to build. It is very likely that the first time you’ll ever complete 13.1 miles is on December 4th. Don’t believe me? Check what Hal Higdon has to say on the subject.
Each week A Crazy Idea will provide a suggested schedule of activity for those individuals who are looking to get a little bit crazy and dwell outside their comfort zone as they prepare for and complete their first Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
Here at A Crazy Idea we truly believe the importance of a balanced and healthy diet as well as regular exercise. Below we have created simple exercise regimes you can follow, either to get you up and active, or running schedules you can follow to get you fit in order to partake at any level in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on December 3, 2011.
Our exercise schedules come in three forms: Beginner walker, Beginner runner and Novice runner and will be updated each week.
Week 9: October 12 to October 18, 2011
Your health is of the utmost importance and not to be neglected. Even though moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, is safe for most people, health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.